Maitreya [Tibetan: byams pa] is considered the Buddha of the future in Buddhism. According to some sources, his coming is predicted for 3,000, 5,000 or 30,000 years after Buddha Shakyamuni, the historical Buddha.
The depictions mostly show Maitreya sitting. In contrast to other Buddha or Bodhisattva representations, his feet touch the ground, which is supposed to symbolize that he has not yet completely taken his place. In his left hand he holds a water vessel in many representations.
At his feet we see a representation of the Green Tara. Below it is a picture of the first buddhist monastery in Tibet 'Samye'. Samye is a temple and monastery complex built as a mandala in the district of Dranang Dzong. The first Buddhist monks of Tibet were ordained in Samye.
Around Maitreya there are four groups of Guru Rinpoche with his devotees worshiping him.
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